Coming up on council tonight

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer
memara@fortfrances.com

Tonight, town council will be meeting for the last time this year. The next scheduled meeting will take place Jan. 10, 2022.

Even though it is the last meeting for the year, the Committee of the Whole and Regular Council agendas are replete with important items to be voted on and passed before the new year – the first being the report from the integrity commissioner.

Integrity commissioner

Paul S. Heayn, delegated integrity commissioner to the Town of Fort Frances, will be presenting his report with respect to an allegation of a violation of the Municipal Code of Conduct.

The complaint, submitted by an anonymous person, accused Fort Frances Mayor June Caul of violating the Code of Conduct, abusing her powers, acting without council’s authorization and not conducting herself in a civil and respectful manner.

While Heayn found most of the complaints to be substantiated, he also absolved Caul because he believes she acted with no malice and with the best interests of the town in mind.

The report will be brought before council tonight.

Single-use plastic bylaw

Town council will also be voting on whether to delay the enforcement of the single-use plastics bylaw for six months.

The recommendation was made at the Planning & Development Executive Committee meeting last week. Councillors John McTaggart and Wendy Brunetta said they support delaying the enforcement of the bylaw to allow restaurants to overcome supply chain issues.

However, Coun. Douglas Judson said he does not support the recommendation. Judson said while he supports struggling businesses, delaying the enforcement of the bylaw will send the wrong message to businesses and residents that have already started complying.

Splash pad

Council will also be choosing the location of the splash pad water park. It will either be at the Legion Park or the Shevlin Woodyard.

Council will also decide on whether to use 2022 to plan for the construction of the splash pad and that fund be considered in the 2022 capital budget for the design of related infrastructure to support a future splash pad at the desired location.

Operations and Facilities Executive Committee also recommends that council put out a public call for a group to spearhead the development of a splash pad in Fort Frances with the assistance of the town’s administration. Council will discuss this item tonight.

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